Landscape Compositions to start learning and master at home
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7 Simple Landscape Compositions to Master at Home

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You must be thinking landscape compositions at home and that too master? This guy needs some rest!

Yes, so basically compositions enhance your skillset and you can master them anywhere; right from sitting in the home to walking on the roads.

In the last post, I had talked about self-learning landscape photography right from scratch and this time we are moving further with composition skills.

What are Compositions?

Setting elements in the image such that it should look well structured & pleasing to the eyes. Also, it should make the viewers look twice and think thrice before moving ahead.

That’s what I define, it varies from person to person and experience level.


7 Simple Landscape Compositions which you can start practicing from Home

This is truly based on acquiring skills at home. i.e. you must simply focus on skillset and then you can apply in the outer world.

1. Rule of Third

You must have heard about the Rule of Thirds several times. It can be applied in a photo composition in the two ways –

A.  At the time of the shoot

I would mainly say to focus on the rule during the point of the shoot because the minimal effort in post-processing is good. During this period of time make your mind so trained that in a minute it gives direction that to apply Rule of Thirds.

B.  At the time of post-processing

During this phase of the time, you can crop and move the subject to any intersections point.

Rule of third landscape composition

As you can see in the image above, I had composed the image with Rule of thirds by using a tube light and wall clock.

The rule says that you should place the subject in which you would like to highlight the importance at any of the four intersections.

# Rule of Thirds in the Landscape Image

You can see below a landscape composed image, I had applied the Rule of thirds here.

Rule of Thirds in Landscape Composition

2. Centered Composition

As the name says “Centered”, it means placing anything at the center of the frame.

Centered Composition is the most simple and is widely used in every photography niche.

Centered Composition

I had composed the above image using the wall clock and tube light in the center of the frame. You must have seen the center compositions in the portraits where the human fills the center of the frame.

It’s also a very useful and powerful composition in the landscapes as well.

I had clicked a landscape image with the center composition below.

# Rule of Centered Composition in the Landscape Image

It simply makes the viewer’s eye focus on the center of the frame which is also the main subject.

Center Composition in Landscape Images

3. Rule of Odds

You must have remembered during your school days in the maths class when a teacher says “students list down the odd nos”. Many of you must be confused and it’s actually quite normal because as a kid most of us don’t grab easily & including myself too 🙋. It was a moment of embarrassment and happiness because the teacher punishes us and we don’t need to listen to the boring lecture anymore 😜.

Okay, let’s come to the present.

So, we are talking about odd nos, 1,3,5,7 … etc.

Rule of Odds says composing an image with the odd no. of elements.

but why odd?

Because it’s a human tendency to imagine things in pairs. Our mind tends to complete the things if we see an unpair or individual.

The motive is to make the viewers imagine what the image is all about and make them think as hard as we can.

Rule of thirds in landscape composition

You can look here that why you should use Rule of Odds in the Photography

4. Rule of Space

The next composition is the Rule of Space, it merely means to give space to the subject in the direction it will go ahead.

For Rule of Space, I had used a toy that I used to play as a small kid. You can clearly see by looking at the image below that the toy is moving ahead and the mind already imagined the toy crossing the frame.

Rule of Space Composition Skills

# Rule of Space Composition in the Landscape Image

You can see below an image with a person walking in a direction. The mind imagines by looking at the image that okay, this person is walking downhill and will soon reach his mark.

 

Rule of Space in the Bir Billing


5. Negative Space

Negative Space means leaving a part of the frame wide open so that it can portray what’s happening on the other side of an object. Leaving space gives the object to widen breathe in the frame.

Such in the cases of the sky, trees that were left plain with negative space composition.

Rule of Negative Space in Landscape composition

You can look here for Landscapes images composed using the Rule of Negative Space

6. Leading Lines

Leading lines takes the viewer’s eye from starting till the end. The line could be any line, it can be small, wide, thin, etc.

The main motive of the lines is to simply indulge the viewer’s attention and guide them through the lines.

In the image below, I had tried to explain using two bedsheets as lines (remembered, it could be any line) that guides towards the bottle. I hope that the leading lines’ composition is quite clear.

Leading Lines Composition Skills

 

7. “S” Curves

Just like the leading lines “S” curve creates interest among the viewers and guides them to the endpoint.

Suppose you are standing at a certain place situated on a height and when you look down a road could be seen. That road could form a straight line if you are standing on a foot over, that road could form an “S” shape curve or zig-zag from the mountains.

S Curves Composition Skills

Practicing it one by one on a daily or alternate basis will make you see the images in a different way thereafter. You will always be going to find yourself seeing the images like never before.

You can look here for Landscape images composed using S shaped curve

Conclusion

The more you click the more you notice different elements in your images which will make you learn and grow as a creator. There might be 100’s of landscape compositions and some will get discovered in the near future. But, It all depends upon how you wanted to see the world and share your point of view with others. It’s also not possible that by learning every composition at home will do everything. After all, you have to step out in the real world for your practice and different compositions.

Until then

See you on the roads

Vansh Tiwari
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